Conscious cooking

Hot & Muggy

Whew, it feels as if we are living in a sauna. Temperatures and humidity levels are insane and there’s no relief in relief in sight

The power companies are asking (should be mandatory!) folks to conserve energy and of course, we do our part here on the urban homestead.

Opening doors and windows just doesn’t seem to help generate any cooling – the air is thick and still. You can sit in the shade and still drip with sweat. Yuck.    I can’t remember it being this humid, this long.   These last couple days have been brutal here in the valley. We broil while the beach temperatures remain 40 degrees cooler!

It’s so hot outside, well, it’s hot enough to cook, steam, bake, fry just about anything. And that means our three solar ovens are in use more than ever. Besides using the sun’s free energy to cook meals better yet one doesn’t have to heat the house and make things hotter and stickier.   

With all the sun that’s been shinning we are even heating water in the ovens to wash dishes.   Why not – sun’s out why not use it.   Such a practice teaches one to 1. conserve water 2.  realize  the energy needed to heat water . After cooking the days meal or dish, in go two black pots in which will wash the dishes in.    So our sun ovens are serving us in two purchases 1. cooking food   2. heating water.  

Not to mention our solar outdoor shower is in much demand these days (it’s been months now since we’ve used indoor bathing facilities); however, with this heat we aren’t wanting to use the hot water and opt for a cold shower instead. So what to do with the already heated water?    If needed we can fill a 5 gallon bucket of scalding hot water to do dishes or wash kitchen towels.

Another water and energy conservation effort on our part is when I’m finished all the water bath canning for the day I will recycle the still warm water to wash the dirty dishes. Makes sense.

Just doing our part to save, conserve energy and resources here on the urban homestead.


WATER FACTS * If all the world’s water were fit into a gallon jug, the fresh water available for us to use would equal only about one tablespoon. * By 2025, 52 countries — with two-thirds of the world’s population — will likely have water shortages. * Drought conditions exist across the U.S., from New York to Arizona, impacting the regulation of water usage * On average, 50 to 70 percent of home water is used outdoors for watering lawns and gardens.

Water supply could be cut {Pasadena Star News}

Local officials weigh conservation optionsSouthern California officials are bracing for a federal judge’s ruling that could cut back the local water supply from Northern California by up to 50percent.
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Do Your Part

It’s way past time to get serious on rainwater, greywater and other water saving ways. The Peddler’s Wagon stocks a few water wise goods  – rain barrels, toilet lid sink, grey water systems andollas.

Jumbo jar is ready for rain {Portland Tribune}

Water-saving ideas from rural Thailand inspire park projectCrowley has newfound respect for the traditional water supply system found throughout rural Thailand.
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:: DIY:: Build yourThai Rain Jar
Arctic’s Legendary Northwest Passage is Ice-Free for the First Time in Recorded History {via IdleWorm}

“Since August 21 the North-West Passage is open to navigation. This is the first time that it happens,” Nalan Koc, head of the Norwegian Polar Institute’s climate change program, told reporters in Longyearbyen, a town in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.
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Food demand and climate straining soil

VIENNA (Reuters) – World food demand will surge this century with a leap in population, highlighting a need to protect soils under strain from climate change, experts said on Thursday.
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Dirt Isn’t So Cheap After All {Common Dreams]

BROOKLIN, Canada – “We are overlooking soil as the foundation of all life on Earth,” said Andres Arnalds, assistant director of the Icelandic Soil Conservation Service.“Soil and vegetation is being lost at an alarming rate around the globe, which in turn has devastating effects on food production and accelerates climate change,” Arnalds told IPS from Selfoss, Iceland, host city of the International Forum on Soils, Society and Climate Change which starts Friday
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[ Last two articles courtesy of PTF reader, Byron – thanks for sharing ]